Max Ludovic Brody came to Miami Beach to party, but wound up dead.
Police so far have not made any arrests or released more information in the shooting death of the 22-year-old man who lived in the Atlanta area.
A woman who says she dated Brody says he may have been involved in “something along the lines of bank fraud.”
“I honestly think that had something to do with it,” said 20-year-old Ashley Hardy, also from Atlanta.
She added: “I felt it in my soul that this was how he was going to pass, and it made me feel weird to think like that. But I knew. I knew something like that was going to happen to him because they’re so flashy. They’re all on Instagram with all their money...People watch that. People hate.”
She and a friend who said he has known Brody since high school both said the strangest thing about “Max B’s” death is that he died alone.
Brody was popular—especially with the ladies—and vacationing with a group of about a half a dozen friends on South Beach when he was killed. The group had been hotel hopping since New Year’s, the friends said.
Police found Brody with a gunshot wound about 3:45 a.m. Sunday at a Shell Station at 845 Fifth St. He was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, where he died. The crime scene spanned a block as Brody probably tried to run from his killer. Police hope that security cameras at the gas station will provide clues as to who was Brody’s killer.
His friends say Brody was originally from New York but moved to Georgia in high school. Demarcus Hargrove, 20, said the two attended Marietta High together, and eventually lived together for a time. His mother is from Haiti, Hargrove said.
Hargrove now lives in Queens, New York. He called Brody his brother when he talked about how the two friends would play basketball and go to the mall together. But, he said the two had grown distant because of the people Brody started hanging out with.
Hardy said she and Brody dated off and on since meeting during Spring Break in 2011.
She called him a “party boy, always in the strip club, flashy.”
Hardy said she doesn’t know where her boyfriend got the money to live the life he did. He didn’t work and he didn’t go to college.
“I can’t explain it...they just, they got money. It wasn’t by selling drugs,” she said. “I don’t know. Something illegal, but I don’t know in detail...That’s all what detectives have been asking me. But I don’t know because he didn’t tell me because he didn’t want me to know.”
In pictures posted to his Twitter account and shared by friends on Instagram, Brody dresses in leather pants and baseball caps and flashes wads of money. He is surrounded by alcohol, cash and women.
“I knew he loved me and he always loved me, but he was always out there with females,” Hardy said.
When her car broke down once, he lent her his BMW, Hardy said. And when she worked at Hooters, he’d come in and leave her big tips. One of the last things they did together was go apartment hunting, Hardy said.
“He wanted me to go to school, and he wanted wanted to move in together and have a baby,” Hardy said.
Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to call 305-673-7776 or Miami-Dade Crimestoppers at 305-471-8477.
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